NYC’s Most Instagram-able Bucket LIst To Check Off Before the New Year
Wanna add some unique pics to your Instagram feed while traveling through NY but don’t want to limit your travel shots to the same, traditional stuff that everyone else expects from New York? Or have you already seen all the classic Christmas hot spots and are now looking for something new and cool? Well either way, you’ve come to the right place because here is a list of the top 5 spots in NY you won’t want to miss! Plus I’ve packed in all the insider info. you’ll need!
Yankee Candle Pop-Up
WHAT: It’s a fragrant pop-up that allows you to personalize a candle with your own photo, shop their entire collection and take selfies at 4 photogenic areas. WHERE: 503 Broadway between Broome and Spring across from Zara. WHEN: until January 3, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. TIP: Study other people’s poses for the upside down room so you can best plan out your shot by researching the hashtag. It’s a bit of a mind warp when you arrive and have just minutes to take the perfect shot and you’ll want to use your limited time wisely. Click here for more info. And make sure to have a high-res photo that you love and want to personalize your candle with on your phone. They’ll ask you to email it to them and staffers on-site will walk you through the fun process of creating this cute gift idea for yourself or a loved one. HASHTAG: #candlepowernyc
Google Pop – Up
What: a branded pop -up where you can play, shop and explore all things Google. Highlights include a psychedelic photo station, virtual reality experience and an all-white ball pit pitched as a snowglobe that you get to play in! WHERE: 110 5th Ave, (between 16th and 17th streets) WHEN: 10am-8pm everyday HASHTAG: #googlepopup TIP:go after 6:30pm on a weekday to avoid the lines. And if you have a furry friend, go this Saturday from 1-3pm for a photo of your special pet turned into custom gift wrap! Click here for more details!
Gingerbread House and Flatiron Art
Within close walking distance to the Google Pop-up are two must-see stops in the neighborhood. Take a picture with “Flatiron Reflection,” the shimmering, artsy tubes in front of the iconic FlatIron Building, WHERE: North Flatiron Public Plaza at the intersection of Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street. Nearby at Madison Square Park across the street, go find the Gingerbread House. WHAT: a life sized, super-sweet gingerbread house featuring a real gummy bear wreath, a marshmallow snowman, and a gingerbread man (found on videotape (inside) all created by magazine, “Taste of Home.” Being that it is set against the backdrop of a gorgeously lit Christmas tree and New York’s skyline, it makes for a stunning photo opp in the city. WHEN: Flatiron Reflection will be open to the public everyday through Jan 1 and the gingerbread house will be around through December 20. If you want to go inside, the house is open 2-8 p.m. during the week and noon-8 p.m. on weekends through Dec. 20. HASHTAG: #gingerbreadBLVD TIP: if it’s cold and there is a line, just opt to take pictures towards the back of the house and you won’t be missing much!
Festival of Life
WHAT: Modern artist Yayoi Kusama from Japan has brought her famously colorful modern art to Chelsea and has been received with 2-4 hour long lines it is so popular! People are even creating custom clothes to match her art to optimize the Instagram-able opportunity! You’ll see sixty-six paintings from her iconic My Eternal Soul series, new large-scale flower sculptures, a polka-dotted environment, and two Infinity Mirror Rooms. WHEN: only open until the 16th until 6pm everyday. WHERE: 525 AND 533 W 19th st. (2 gallery spaces at David Zwirner Galleries) HASHTAG: #festivaloflife TIP: expect to wait 2 – 4 hours to enter into the exhibition. If the wait time exceeds 2 hours, they will post an update with the estimated wait time on @davidzwirner Twitter and Instagram Stories. When wait times are 4 hours or longer, the line closures may occur as early as 2PM. Flash photography, video cameras, tripods, and selfie sticks are strictly prohibited. Visitors may take photographs without flash. Note that the gallery does not have public restrooms! For more info click here.
Louis Vuitton’s Volez, Voguez, Voyagez
WHAT: If you like fashion, or enjoy history, this Monogrammed exhibit is not to be missed! It retraces the brand’s heritage and follows its founders giving you a deeper appreciation of the iconic luxury brand while sending you down a fashionable path prompting endless poses. WHERE: 86 Trinity Pl, in the Financial District WHEN: until January 7th, 10am-8pm Mon-Sat. 11am-7pm Sundays, limited hours on Christmas Eve, NYE and New Year’s day (check website for details). TIP: Book Reservations to minimize entry wait time. Check website for guided tour times. Audio tours are also available in English,s most Spanish and Chinese. Visitors with tickets will be given priority over ‘Walk-ins’
So which one of these Instagram-able options most interests YOU? And if you’ve already been to one of these, what is YOUR best tip? I’d love to know – leave a comment below!
Read On for my top tips for getting that Instagram-able photo HERE!